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Canadian invader Blake Macintosh brought two of his trainees south to Saratoga Casino Hotel to compete on Friday night. The veteran conditioner came to the Spa with four year old pacer Clear Idea (American Ideal) and four year old trotter Just For You (Yankee Glide). Clear Idea has been one of the top stars out of the Macintosh stable, particularly in her 2017 campaign when she finished second in the Empire Breeders Classic in a race that went for a purse of $257,850. In that season, she thrived in the New York Sire Stakes, at one point winning five consecutive races in stakes competition in a campaign that culminated with a second-place finish in the $225,000 Final on the Night of Champions. Clear Idea began her 2018 season already having amassed over $340,000 in her young career. This year, the four year old hasn't displayed quite the same winning way and in fact was winless in the U.S. leading up to her return to Saratoga on Friday night. Though she had recorded just two wins in '18 (both in Canada), the mare had almost another $75,000 in earnings this year to add to her already impressive bankroll. Billy Dobson piloted Clear Idea in an $8,000 conditional race on Friday and moved the talented distaffer out to the early lead. Once she got there, Clear Idea poured it on with seemingly every stride before drawing away to win by better than five lengths in 1:53.3. The mile was the fastest of the evening at over a track labeled 'sloppy' at the Spa. Macintosh went back-to-back on the card when his Just For You went coast-to-coast for Dobson in a trotting event contested for a purse of $9,000. A new addition to the Macintosh stable, Just For You finished third last week when making her local debut but had little difficultly cruising to a 1:57.3 victory on Friday night. Macintosh now has 10 wins in just 26 starts this season at the Saratoga. Live racing continues on Saturday evening with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Delaware, OH - Courtly Choice and David Miller rebounded from a potentially damaging break in the first heat and got up in the shadow of the wire in the second to win the $642,000 Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association, Thursday evening at the Delaware County Fair. When the field of seven hanress racing pacers were sent on their way for the $436,560 final heat, the first elimination winner Lather Up (Montrell Teague) left from post two and outsprinted the second elimination winner Dorsoduro Hanover into the first turn and controlled the fractions of :27, :54 4/5 and 1:21 2/5. Coming down the lane for the final time, Lather Up looked like the champ, but weakened in the lane allowing Courtly Choice to win by a neck in a four horse photo finish in 1:49 4/5. In the final print, Dorsoduro Hanover rallied for second. Lather Up finished third and Hayden Hanover fourth. The three-year-old son of Art Major is trained by Blake MacIntosh and owned by Hutt Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Piouffe and Touch Stone Farms. With his fifth Jug victory, David Miller joins William Haughton and Mike Lachance with the most driver titles. "The first heat he raced great, but I felt horrible," noted Miller. "The only way to make it better was to win." "He puts up a big fight. He's game. I give him a lot of credit." The second elimination was action packed from the start. Courtly Choice made a costly break in stride and was last in the field of six. Andy Miller sent Hayden Hanover to the early lead pass the quarter in :26 2/5. The "triple crown" contender, Stay Hungry (Doug McNair) took command before the half mile in :55. Miller sent Courtly Choice three wide down the backstretch and was in contention at the three-quarters in 1:22 4/5. As the field turned for home Stay Hungry stayed strong and crossed the line ¾ of a length ahead of the late charging Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) and Courtly Choice. To see the final heat race video click here. Before the connections made it to the winners circle, the 'inquiry' sign was posted for possible interference between Stay Hungry and Dorsoduro Hanover in the first turn. After a lengthy review, Dorsoduro Hanover (timed in 1:51) was placed the winner and Stay Hungry was disqualified and placed fourth. Courtly Choice and Hayden Hanover also qualified for the final. Stay Hungry was later scratched from the second heat. In the first $102,720 elimination, Lather Up protected his rail position and led the field of seven through the into the first turn and past the opening quarter in :27. Done Well was the first to challenge when Tim Tetrick came to the outside before the half in :55 3/5. This Is The Plan, who sat second for the entire mile, put forward a late effort, but Lather Up used a :26 4/5 last quarter to cross the line in 1:49 3/5. This Is The Plan was second, 1 ½ lengths back. Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller) and Done Well finished third and fourth to advance to the final. Originally, Courtly Choice was ineligible for the 73rd LBJ, but his connections elected to pay the $45,000 supplemental entry fee after winning the $701,830 Meadowlands Pace Final on July 14. With the winner's share, Courtly Choice now sports $952,704 on his career earnings card. $111,075 Old Oaken Bucket I'm Your Captain (Andy Miller) used a four wide move around the final turn to defeat Hill Street (Yannick Gingras) and Maxus (Jimmy Takter) to take the Old Oaken Bucket in 1:55 2/5. The pacesetting Treasure Tee (Trevor Henry) faded to fourth. I'm You Captain is owned by Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing and trained by Julie Miller. The Muscle Hill colt has won four out his last seven starts. $107,000 Ms. Versatility Trot Final David Miller and Broadway Donna used a perfect second over trip and defeated NF Happenstance (Jack Parker, Jr.) by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:53 1/5. Ice Attraction (Yannick Gingras) was third, another two lengths behind. Broadway Donna is trained by Jim Campbell and has amassed $1.4 million for Fashion Farms. $40,418 Standardbred Colt Pace Workin Ona Mystery (Tim Tetrick) defeated stablemate Air Force Hanover (David Miller) in 1:50 3/5 to take the freshman colt pace. The field raced in post-position order through the first three quarters of the mile in :27, :54 3/5 and 1:22 2/5. Tetrick tipped the eventual winner off the rail and cruised home in :28 1/5 to establish a new lifetime mark and remains undefeated in three career starts. The Captaintreacherous colt is conditioned by Brian Brown for Jim Stambaugh, Alan Keith, Milton Leeman and the Wingfield Brothers. $48,218 Standardbred Colt Trot Prospect Hill (Andy Miller) took the lead as the field approached the half mile station and never looked back to win the $48,218 Standardbred by 2 ½ lengths over Final Claim (Mike Wilder) in 1:55 1/5. The son of Muscle Hill has won seven of nine seasonal starts for Stroy Inc. and trainer Julie Miller. $111,554 Ohio Breeders Championship Three-Year-Old Colt Pace Rockathon (David Miller) took the opening division in 1:52 over Slick Mick (Tim Tetrick) and Born To Be Bad (Andy Miller). Trainer Kimberly Dailey and Carl & Melanie Atley own the gelded son of Pet Rock who has pushed his career earnings to $338,615. The second $55,777 division went to the heavily favored Bounding Dragon and Dan Noble in 1:51. The winner went gate to wire for owners Alan Keith and Melanie Atley and trainer Mike Roth. The ultra-consistent Bounding Dragon has finished in the top two places eleven times this season. $133,906 Ohio Breeders Championship Two-Year-Old Colt Pace Rock Candy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) went gate to wire to win the opening division in a stakes record 1:51 3/5. The Pet Rock gelding is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Trainer Brian Brown returned to the winner's circle in the second $66,953 division with Dislocator (Chris Page). Joelyn Ridder, Scott Davis, Sharron Sopronyi and VIP Internet Stable own the Big Bad John colt who defeated Seattle Hanover (Matt Kakaley) and Authentic Hanover (Tyler Smith) in 1:54 4/5. $111,704 Ohio Breeders Championship Three-Year-Old Filly Pace Baron Remy (Chris Page) and McVenus (Trace Tetrick) took the two $55,852 divisions in 1:53 and 1:52 2/5 respectively. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (September 13) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Montrell Teague, driver of Lather Up; Blake Macintosh, trainer of Courtly Choice; Darin Gagne, the track announcer at Running Aces Casino and Racetrack; Michelle Crawford, the new owner of Wes Delight and Jeremy Smith, who recently scored his 2,000th career win. Teague, driver of Lather Up, will discuss the great Ohio Sire Stakes Champion that will step up once again to face the top three-year-olds. Teague, who drove 2016 Little Brown Jug champion Wiggle It Jiggleit, will discuss his chances and how he feels Lather Up will be able to handle the heats in Delaware, Ohio. Macintosh, trainer of Courtly Choice, told the USTA's Ken Weingartner on Tuesday "we'll head to the Jug next" week. We will discuss how he feels the colt has been training leading up to the race and how he thinks he will handle the heats next Thursday. Courtly Choice paid a $45,000 supplemental entry fee. The Running Aces segment with track announcer Darin Gagne returns this week to talk about the happenings at the Minnesota track. Gagne will highlight some of the big events coming up and recap last week's events. Crawford, the new owner of Wes Delight, will talk about their recent purchase as they get ready for Delaware, Ohio. The Crawford's had another colt, Winston, staked to the Jug, but weren't sure that he was ready to make the lead. So they invested in Wes Delight who has made over $300,000 in 2018. Crawford will talk about their past Jug experiences and what draws them into the excitement of the race. Smith, who recently scored his 2,000th win, will join the program to talk about his milestone victory.  He will talk about his career so far and discuss where his career may be headed going forward. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Meadowlands Pace champion Courtly Choice prepped for next week's Little Brown Jug with a 1:52 win in a qualifier Tuesday morning at Harrah's Philadelphia with regular driver David Miller in the sulky. The colt set all the fractions, going :28 to the quarter, :55.4 to the half and 1:24.2 to three-quarters over a surface labeled "good." "The rail wasn't that great, so Dave kept him two wide the whole way," trainer Blake MacIntosh said. "We just wanted to make sure everything was good. Dave couldn't be happier with him, so we're very happy. He was real good. We'll head to the Jug next week." The 73rd Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old pacers is Sept. 20 at the Delaware County Fair in central Ohio and is the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. Stay Hungry won the first two -- the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes -- and will attempt to become the 11th pacer to complete the sweep. The most recent Pacing Triple Crown winner was No Pan Intended in 2003. Courtly Choice was not staked to the Little Brown Jug, but is eligible to supplement to the race thanks to his win in the Meadowlands Pace. The fee to supplement is $45,000. The colt's owners have already spent nearly $100,000 to supplement to the Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace, where Courtly Choice finished fourth for his only loss in his past seven races. "What's another $45,000?" MacIntosh said with a laugh. "Everybody wants to win the Jug. There are three races that you always want to win: the Meadowlands Pace, the North America Cup, and the Jug. Hopefully we can get two out of three. We'll see what happens." The Little Brown Jug, which contests eliminations and final on the same day, is expected to feature three of North America's top-rated horses. Courtly Choice is ranked No. 5 in the current Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while North America Cup winner Lather Up is No. 8 and Stay Hungry is No. 10. In the first Little Brown Jug future pool, Lather Up was the 3-1 favorite followed by Courtly Choice at 9-2 and Stay Hungry at 6-1. The second pool opens Sunday. The draw for the Little Brown Jug is Saturday. Courtly Choice will enter the Jug with a three-race win streak while Stay Hungry and Lather Up both have won back-to-back starts and three of their last four. "Those three horses are on top of their games right now," MacIntosh said. "It's going to be an exciting race. I hope the crowd shows up and everybody enjoys it." Courtly Choice has won nine of 12 races this year and earned $655,393 for owners Hutt Racing Stable, Mac And Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe, and Touch Stone Farms. For his career, the son of Art Major out of Lady Ashlee Ann has won 11 of 24 starts and $708,744. Miller is a four-time winner of the Little Brown Jug -- he got his first with No Pan Intended -- and will be attempting to equal the record for career driving victories in the event. Billy Haughton and Mike Lachance share the mark with five each. MacIntosh will be making his first appearance in the Little Brown Jug. "I know I'll be nervous," MacIntosh said. "It's going to be an exciting day." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - Courtly Choice made his Yonkers Raceway debut Tuesday night (Aug. 28th), toying with his foes in the $173,500 New York Sire Stakes Armand Palatucci Pace for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings. The 1-20 favorite ($2.10), in rein to Dave Miller, was a two-move, 6½-length winner in the first ($86,750) division). Away third from post position No. 6, he dusted early (:27, :56.1; 1:23.3) leader Rockapelo (Jason Bartlett) right after the three-quarters, opened a coupled of lengths into the lane, then widened as he pleased in 1:51.1. Cheese Melt (George Brennan) won the scrum for second at 78-1, with Rockapelo holding third and Ostro Hanover (Brian Sears) fourth. For Meadowlands Pace champ Courtly Choice, the son of Art Major has won nine of his dozen seasonal starts ($655,393) for co-owners (as part of Mac and Heim Stables)/trainer Blake Macintosh, Daniel Plouffe, Hutt Racing and Touch Stone Farms. The exacta paid $56, the triple paid $183 and the superfecta paid $772. "He's a lot of fun," Miller said. After this rare sire stakes appearance, Macintosh said Courtly Choice is Ohio-bound for both the Jug Preview and Little Brown Jug. Tuesday night's second (also $86,750) and final grouping saw Ghost Dance (Scott Zeron, $12) prevail from first-over. Away fourth from post No. 3, Ghost Dancer hooked last season's statebred champ, Jersey Jim (Jordan Stratton), after that one's intervals of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:25.2. 'Jim,' the even-money favorite here, owned a length lead off the final turn, but tired. Ghost Dancer whipped the rival on his back, Twin B Tuffenuff (Brennan), by a half-length in 1:54.1. Jersey Jim salvaged the bottom of the ticket, with Keystone Tenacious (Jim Marohn Jr.) fourth. For third choice Ghost Dance, a Millar Farms homebred American Ideal colt trained by Rick Zeron, he's now 3-for-11 this season. The exacta paid $165.50, the triple paid $435.50 and the superfecta paid $1,495. "I couldn't hold him the last time he was here (late July)," Zeron said. "Tonight, he was much more manageable and when I asked him in the last turn, he went." New York Sire Stakes return here Thursday, Sept. 6, with the Mike Cohen Pace (3-year-old fillies, purse TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

AUGUST 25, 2018 - Hanover Raceway fans were treated to an outstanding night of harness racing on the half-mile oval's annual Balanced Image program Saturday. Warming up the crowd for the Balanced Image Final were four Grassroots divisions of two-year-old pacing colts and geldings and it was local colt Sauble Play who kicked things off with a victory in the first $18,800 split. Starting from Post 3 Sauble Play and driver Stephen Byron fired directly to the front and led the field of eight through fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28. Forever Fav closed hard in the stretch, but fan favourite Sauble Play kept a neck in front to secure the 1:58 victory. Thisishowwedoit rounded out the top three. "Probably being local helped him," said Byron with a chuckle. "He raced good. It's only the second time I drove him, but he sure got around the half-mile real well and they were quite happy with him." Byron crafted the win for trainer Larry Hall and his Sauble Hill Farms of Tara, Ontario. The win was the homebred son of Shadow Play and Noble Duchess' second in Grassroots action this season and gives him a total of 108 points, good enough for third spot in the division standings with one regular season event remaining, on September 11 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The top 20 point earners advance to the Grassroots Semi-Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on September 20. The second division saw Carlisimo post his first Ontario Sires Stakes victory and equal the track record for two-year-old pacing colts with a 1:56.3 score. In rein to Brett MacDonald, the fan favourite got away third from Post 2 and watched Excaliber Seelster and DA Delightful battle to a :27.3 opening quarter. Excaliber Seelster emerged on top and took the field to a :56.4 half and a 1:26.3 three-quarters, but Carlisimo was on the move around the final turn and powered down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory. Excaliber Seelster settled for second and Village Champ was another length back in third. "He raced tough. At the head of the lane I didn't know if he was going to get by that one on the front, but he dug in," said trainer James Dean, who conditions Carlisimo for Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI. "We tried the Golds at Grand River (Aug. 15), but they're just too tough for him, so we're pretty happy with him tonight." The mile, which matched the 1:56.3 clocked by Grinning Breed in a Grassroots event in August 2007, was a new personal best for Carlisimo, who was also a winner at Exhibition Park on July 2. The son of Shadow Play and 2010 three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots Champion Putnam Mackenzie was a $13,000 purchase out of the 2017 Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale and has banked $21,186 through six starts. Fan favourite Moonshine Kisses took the third Grassroots division with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 4, sailing under the wire two and one-quarter lengths ahead of Gamblingterror and Ys Sunshine in 1:58.2. J Bradley Harris piloted the Sunshine Beach son to the win for trainer Mark Steacy and owners Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, Shawn Steacy of Guelph, Ontario, Diane Bertrand and Robert Gilhespy of Edmonton, Alberta. "He trained down nicely and his first couple starts looked good, but the next two not as good," said Steacy of the colt's early season results. "He looked back to normal tonight, so we hope he can finish his season off nicely in the Grassroots." An $18,000 purchase out of the London Selected Yearling Sale, Moonshine Kisses finished fourth and second in the first two Grassroots events of the season, then logged a fifth in an August 7 overnight event, all at Woodbine Mohawk Park. In the August 14 Grassroots event at Georgian Downs he was edged out of the top three in the stretch, settling for fourth. Saturday's victory bumps him into the top 10 with 91 points. The pacing colts and geldings wrapped things up with a flourish as Sports Hero stripped three-fifths of a second off the track record with a commanding 1:56 performance in the last division. The son of Sportswriter and driver Paul Mackenzie finished eight lengths ahead of Boys Turn and Taragon. "We've been high on him all along. He's had some tough luck so hopefully everything is turning around," said trainer Blake Macintosh. "I've sort of been a little disappointed with the way he was finishing and so we changed his bridle up so he could see the horses more, and I think he responded good to that tonight." The win was Sports Hero's second in Grassroots action, the colt was also victorious in the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. In his other two Grassroots appearances he finished second and fourth, so Saturday's win puts him atop the division standings with 133 points. A half-brother to 2012 three-year-old pacing filly Super Final champion Mach A Wish, Sports Hero was a $60,000 purchase at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and he may be stepping up to tougher competition for his next start. "I like the colt. He's kept eligible to the Metro and everything. I don't know if he's that type of horse, but he's a nice big horse," said the trainer. "We've taken it easy on him just trying to get him to come around to where we wanted him, and he's getting there, he's getting to the way I want him. "I imagine he'll probably try the Champlain next week and then we'll go from there," Macintosh continued. "We'll see; we'll figure it out." Macintosh conditions Sports Hero for 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, 3 Hero Stables of Cambridge and Touch Stone Farms of Guelph, Ontario. In addition to the Grassroots performances from the freshman pacing colts and geldings, Hanover fans were also treated to thrilling finishes in the Walker Memorial Trot and the Balanced Image Trot final. Vesuvio Bi closed from seventh to claim the $10,000 Walker Memorial Trot in 1:59.1, reeling in favourite Twofourroadie and Irish Thunder. Scott Coulter engineered the win aboard the Manofmanymissions son for trainer Martin Lachance and his Lachance Racing Stable of Millstone Township, New Jersey and Dan Mogridge of Hillsdale, Ontario. The win was the former Grassroots winner's sixth in his four-year-old campaign. Heavy favourite Dream Nation powered up the outside from Post 6 to capture the $53,800 Balanced Image Final for two-year-old trotters in 2:00.4. Fillies Royal Rhythm and Blue Magic were second and third. Tyler Moore piloted the Archangel gelding to his fifth win in six starts for trainer Jacques Dupont and owners Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, Ecurie CSL of Sorel-Tracy, Gestion C Levesque 2005, Inc of St-Hyacinthe and Marc Camirand of Montreal, Quebec. The two-time Gold Series winner boosted his earnings over $100,000 with the victory. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

As the connections of Courtly Choice stood in the winner's circle basking in the shadow of the Crawford Farm's Meadowlands Pace trophy, trainer Blake Macintosh reflected on his numerous Meadowlands Pace wins...on the training track of course.   "How many times do you go out and jog in the morning and pretend you win the Meadowlands Pace? I've won the Meadowlands Pace 30 times out jogging, it's amazing and a dream come true," Macintosh told Post Time with Mike and Mike's Jessica Otten after the race. The dream started with a gamble. The 3-year-old son of Art Major-Lady Ashlee Ann was supplemented into the 'Pace' for $60,000. "We didn't have any plans on doing it until we saw that Lather Up and Lost In Time were out", Macintosh told Post Time with Mike and Mike prior to the eliminations. The gamble paid off, as Courtly Choice swept passed to win the 40th edition of the "Pace' in 1:47.1. Bred by Winbak Farm, Courtly Choice is a half-brother to millionaire pacer and Breeders Crown champion, Betterthanchedder. The dam of Courtly Choice (Lady Ashlee Ann) is a hall of fame broodmare with offspring that have made over $4.5 million in racetrack earnings.   She was eligible to become a Hall of Fame broodmare by producing one millionaire and two winners of $500,000 plus individually. Along with Courtly Choice and Betterthanchedder, she is also the dam to BJ's Squall ($261,750 - 1:53.1s), Ashlee's Big Guy ($978,168 - 1:50.4f) and Artist's View ($795,750 - 1:49.4) among others.   "Lady Ashlee Ann was named after my daughter," said Winbak Owner and Founder Joe Thomson. "She was a fantastic filly born in the middle of June. She was small, and out of a stallion that was not very popular at the time, but she's made it to the hall of fame and has had a terrific production career," Thomson continued.   "Courtly Choice ended up being her last foal, as Lady Ashlee Ann died having him at the age of 22. Courtly Choice was raised by a nurse mare. "He was a nice horse," said Winbak Yearling Manager James Ladwig. "My yearling notes on him were all positive. He had a good yearling video. His action was one of the better looking foals from the mare. He was a great individual to leave a lasting legacy for hall of famer, Lady Ashlee Ann."   (Courtly Choice yearling video https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ov1-hjRescM) In 2016, Courtly Choice was sold at the Lexington Select Sale for $60,000, and is now currently owned by the partnership of Hutt Racing Stable, Mac & Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe, and Touch Stone Farms. After a pair of qualifiers, he made his debut at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 30th, finishing second in a race restricted to two-year-olds. His first win was on August 2nd, 2017 in a New York Sire Stakes event at Saratoga, where he won despite being parked the mile in 1:53.1. It wasn't until his 3-year-old season however, that Courtly Choice thrusted himself into the spotlight by winning six of eight races, including the Crawford Farm's Meadowlands Pace in the event's third fastest time ever (1:47.1) in it's 40 year history. The Macintosh trainee has been supplemented to the Cane Pace, which takes place on Hambletonian day (Aug 4th) at The Meadowlands.   by Mike Bozich, for Mike And Mike Show

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - David Miller flashed a wide smile as he guided Courtly Choice to the winner's circle after winning the $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. The monkey was off the Hall of Famer's back. After 19 failed efforts, Miller finally owned a harness racing victory in the Meadowlands Racetrack's signature event for 3-year-olds. Courtly Choice rallied to win the Pace by 1¼ lengths on Saturday night. "That was sweet," Miller said. "Really sweet." The Pace was an obvious omission on Miller's glittering resume. "The Buckeye" is second on the sport's all-time money list with $222 million in the bank. His best previous Pace finish was a second with Always B Miki in 2014. The sweetness of the moment spread in many directions, including trainer Blake MacIntosh, who also savored the victory in his Pace debut. "I believed in this horse," said McIntosh, the former assistant to Casie Coleman. "He just had some back luck earlier in the year." And it was a winning gamble for the ownership group that ponied up $61,690 to enter last week's eliminations. The faith of Hutt Racing Stable, Mac And Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe and Touch Stone Farms was rewarded with the $350,915 first-prize check. Most importantly, it was moment of redemption for Courtly Choice, who failed to make the finals in the North America Cup and the Hempt. The colt served notice his moment was at hand with a sharp first-up victory in last week's Pace elimination. And then he finally put it all together for the richest victory of his career. The race seemed primed for a 57-1 upset when a dead-game Dorsoduro Hanover, handled by Matt Kakaley, battled his way to the front at the top of the lane. But Courtly Choice was tracking his every move and angled wide under Miller's urging to score the victory. "The trip worked out good," Miller said. "The couple of horses I thought would leave from the outside left. I was able to get Matt in front of me and nobody else moved. On the last turn, I was real happy with my spot." The time was 1:47 1/5 on the warm evening. Courtly Choice paid $4.40, $3.20 and $2.80 as the 6-5 favorite. Dorsoduro Hanover returned $28.20 and $8.80. Stay Hungry paid $3.20 to show as the best finisher among trainer Tony Alagna's trio in the race. Jimmy Freight, the other supplement, was fourth followed by Thinkbig Dreambig, Nutcracker Sweet, This Is The Plan, Babes Dig Me, Hayden Hanover and American History. by Mike Farrell, for the Meadowlands

When trainer Blake MacIntosh prepared Courtly Choice for his return to action this season, he sensed the 3-year-old pacer was more professional and focused. Since then, Courtly Choice has seemed determined to prove MacIntosh correct. The colt, with the exception of two luckless starts, has landed in the winner's circle every time out this year and heads to Saturday's $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace at the Meadowlands Racetrack as the 5-2 morning-line favorite. "He just wants to win this year," MacIntosh said. "Even training down he was a totally different horse. As a 2-year-old he was looking all over the place and was real lazy. He's really matured a lot." The Meadowlands Pace is part of a card with the $471,100 William R. Haughton Memorial for older male pacers, $405,850 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters, $191,800 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old female pacers, $189,750 Golden Girls for older female pacers, two $181,000 divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, two $128,500 divisions of the Delvin Miller Memorial for 3-year-old female trotters, and two $30,000 divisions of the Miss Versatility Series for older female trotters. Seven of the top nine horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll will be in action: No. 1 Hannelore Hanover (Miss Versatility), No. 2 Shartin N (Golden Girls), No. 5 McWicked (Haughton), No. 6 Manchego (Miller), No. 7 Ariana G (Maturity), No. 8 Kissin In The Sand (Mistletoe Shalee), and No. 9 Wolfgang (Dancer). Racing begins at 6:35 p.m. (EDT). Courtly Choice, a son of Art Major out of Hall of Fame broodmare Lady Ashlee Ann, won two of 12 races and earned $53,351 last year. In his fourth career start, he equaled the track record at Saratoga with a 1:53.1 mile in a division of the New York Sire Stakes, but a tough trip in his next outing launched a six-race stretch in which he failed to hit the board. "The next week (after Saratoga) he got his feelings a little bit hurt, he got parked, and he was sour for a couple starts," MacIntosh said. "He's just really matured. His feelings don't get hurt now; he wants to go and he wants to win races." Last weekend, Courtly Choice and Stay Hungry each won his elimination for the Meadowlands Pace, with Courtly Choice winning in 1:48.2 and Stay Hungry in 1:49. Stay Hungry, the 2017 O'Brien Award-winner as Canada's best 2-year-old male pacer, was made the 3-1 second choice. Courtly Choice's elimination victory was made possible by MacIntosh and the colt's fellow owners -- Joe Thomson, Daniel Plouffe, Steve Heimbecker, and Joe Intine -- paying in the neighborhood of $60,000 to enter the horse in the race because he was not previously staked to the event. MacIntosh said the decision to pay the supplement was made after seeing North America Cup champion Lather Up and Dan Patch Award-winner Lost In Time would miss the race. "I looked at the field and thought we had a good shot at this," MacIntosh said. "I texted Daniel Plouffe and said it's too bad we're not paid in and he said let's do it. He was all for it. I called the other partners and we all agreed to go ahead and do it." Courtly Choice has won five of seven starts this year, earning $120,245. His only losses came in two previous eliminations, the first for the Pepsi North America Cup and the other for the Max C. Hempt Memorial. He failed to advance to the final in both races, undone by hooking wheels with a rival in the Cup and unable to rally from an eighth-place start in the Hempt. He won each event's consolation race the following week. Now he will get his chance in a final. "I think he's a nice horse and deserves to be the favorite," MacIntosh said. Stay Hungry's win in his Meadowlands Pace elimination was his first victory since winning his North America Cup elimination in June. He finished fourth in the Cup final, after which he was found to be sick, and then was third in his elimination of the Hempt and fourth in the final. "He's come back well," said Tony Alagna, who trains Stay Hungry. "The five-eighths-mile racing (in the Hempt) isn't really his forte. I thought he was a little short in the North America Cup, I thought he should have been at least second to Lather Up, but he scoped with some mucous that night. We've been really working hard on that and everything came together (in his Meadowlands Pace elimination)." Stay Hungry, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of My Little Dragon, has won eight of 15 career races and earned $684,384. He is owned by Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman and is one of three Pace finalists for Alagna, with American History and Babes Dig Me. Alagna won the 2013 Meadowlands Pace with Captaintreacherous. Following is the field for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-3/1 2-This Is The Plan-Tim Tetrick-Chris Ryder-15/1 3-American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna-5/1 4-Jimmy Freight-Louis Roy-Andrew Harris-9/2 5-Courtly Choice-David Miller-Blake MacIntosh-5/2 6-Nutcracker Sweet-Brian Sears-Jimmy Takter-15/1 7-Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-8/1 8-Thinkbig Dreambig-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter-12/1 9-Babes Dig Me-Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-30/1 10-Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-15/1 Elimination winners Stay Hungry and Courtly Choice drew for posts one through six. The remaining horses were then placed in an open draw. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (May 31) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Scott Zeron, driver of trotter Atlanta; Montrell Teague, regular driver of Lather Up; Blake Macintosh, trainer of Courtly Choice and Crystal Lilley, a member of the marketing team at Ocean Downs. Zeron, driver of trotter Atlanta, joins the program this week to talk about Atlanta who he drives for Rick Zeron. Zeron guided the gutsy filly to a strong victory on Monday winning in a track record 1:50.3. Zeron will discuss her upcoming schedule and what the plans are for her going forward. Teague, who dries Lather Up, joins the duo this week as they discuss his performance that took place at Woodbine Mohawk Park this past weekend. Lather Up, an Ohio-bred set multiple track records as a two-year-old on the Sire Stakes circuit now takes his chances against stakes company. Teague will talk about their prized colt and where we may see him following his race in the Somebeachsomewhere at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Another impressive horse that we saw on Mondy at Vernon Downs was Courtly Choice who is staked to the Pepsi North America Cup coming up on June 16. Trainer Blake Macintosh will talk about his speedy colt who could make a splash on the stakes scene over the next few weeks. Lilley, from Ocean Downs, joins the program this week to talk about their upcoming 2018 race meet. Lilley will talk to the pair about the upcoming promotions and what fans and horseman can look forward to in the upcoming year. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. From the Mike & Mike Show  

MILTON, May 7, 2018 - A pair of Blake MacIntosh trained three-year-old pacers stole the show during a qualifying session that included harness racing superstar Marion Marauder on Monday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of 10 qualifying races were contested under sunny skies with a nice breeze on the back of the pacers and trotters in the lane. Pepsi North America Cup eligible Courtly Choice made a statement with a sizzling 1:51 victory in the morning's sixth-dash. The Blake MacIntosh trained son of Art Major was making his second qualifying appearance of the season after a strong 1:53.2 victory (last-quarter :26) on April 27. Driven by James MacDonald, Courtly Choice made a leapfrog move from second to first nearing the half and reached the midway marker in :57.4. The son of Art Major proceeded to pace a :27.1 third-quarter and :26 final-quarter to win a career-best 1:51. The dazzling performance by Courtly Choice shouldn't take any marks away from the effort by runner-up St Lads Neptune. The gelded son of Mach Three surrendered the lead to Courtly Choice at the half, but paced a huge mile of his own by finishing just a little over a length behind the winner and pacing a final-quarter of :25.4. Monday's qualifier was the first of the season for the Stephanie Jamieson trained and Jody Jamieson driven St Lads Neptune, who won five of eight during his rookie season. Courtly Choice won two of 12 and banked $54,995 during his rookie season. He is owned by Hutt Racing Stable, MacIntosh, Touch Stone Farms and Daniel Plouffe. MacIntosh's Ubettergo Go followed up her stablemate's monster mile with a huge effort of her own in the eighth-race. The three-year-old daughter of Art Major went coast-to-coast in a career-best 1:51.3. Driven by Jonathan Drury, Ubettergo Go posted opening-fractions of :28 and :57.2 before ramping up the tempo in the back-half. The MacIntosh trainee paced a :27.1 third-quarter followed by a :27 kicker to win by 20 lengths. Owned by MacIntosh, Tony Basile, Reginald Petitpas and Ozzie MacKay, Ubettergo Go was qualifying for the second-time this season. Her first qualifier saw her cross the wire first in 1:54.3, while pacing a :26.2 final-quarter. Ubettergo Go went three for eight during her rookie campaign and banked $90,084. She is eligible to next month's Fan Hanover stakes. While rising stars were the talk of the morning, top performers Marion Marauder and Bettors Up were also victorious. Marion Marauder, the 2016 Triple Crown champion, followed up his season debut winning-qualifier from a week ago with a 1:54.4 score. The five-year-old and driver Roger Mayotte did all the work on the front by posting fractions of :28.4, :58.3 and 1:27.2 before sprinting home in :27.2 for the victory. Four-year-old R First Class, last season's OSS champion, finished second, while star trotting mare Emoticon Hanover was third in her second qualifier of the season. Now five-years-old, Marion Marauder enters his second season in the older ranks with 14 wins and $2.6 million in career earnings for owners Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. The Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood trainee went three for 10 last season, earning $770,120. Four-year-old pacing mare Bettors Up rebounded from a fluke break last week to win her second qualifier of the season in 1:53.1. The Scott McEneny trainee made a mid-stretch break in her debut qualifier when a piece of paper or napkin blew across her path. Driven by Doug McNair, Bettors Up made a quick move from third to first at the half and then finished the job with a :27.2 final-quarter. The daughter of Bettors Delight won six of 17 last season and made just over $500,000. She enters the older ranks with 12 wins and $717,955 in career earnings for owners Brad Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny. Below is the full list of Monday's qualifying winners. Click here to view the charted results. The next qualifying session is Friday morning (May 11) at 10 a.m. Woodbine Mohawk Park - Monday, May 7, 2018 Q1 (Pace): Bettors Up - D. McNair/S. McEneny - 1:53.1 Q2 (Trot): Finish Line - L. Roy/R. Moreau - 1:57.3 Q3 (Trot): Marion Marauder - R. Mayotte/M. Keeling - 1:54.4 Q4 (Pace): Kiwi Focus N - D. McNair/A. Montini - 1:55.3 Q5 (Trot): Galary Girl - R. Zeron/R. Zeron - 2:00.1 Q6 (Pace): Courtly Choice - J. MacDonald/B. MacIntosh - 1:51 Q7 (Trot): Mister Magic - P. Henriksen/P. Henriksen - 2:00.4 Q8 (Pace): Ubettergo Go - J. Drury/B. MacIntosh - 1:51.3 Q9 (Trot): Evan Hanover - T. Henry/G. Lance - 1:56.4 Q10 (Pace): Delorean Seelster - R. Holliday/K. Haskell - 1:55.1 Mark McKelvie

Courtly Choice (Art Major) matched the track record for harness racing two-year-old pacing colts on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel as he prevailed impressively in New York Sire Stakes competition. Canadian trainer Blake Macintosh brought Courtly Choice south to compete in New York for the first time and the freshman had the daunting task of overcoming post position eight in his debut in stakes competition. Mark Macdonald piloted the two year old and wound up pulling him first over after finding a spot midpack in the early going. Courtly Choice overpowered the race's favorite before kicking away late to win in 1:53.1, a time that matched the track record set for freshmen in NY Sire Stakes competition in 2015 by Joe Larry Curly. Courtly Choice was dismissed at odds of 17-1 and returned a hearty $37.40 to win in his division of the $42,025 NYSS on Wednesday. Locally-based gelding Jersey Jim (Artiscape) was another who soared to a first-over victory in Sire Stakes competition on Wednesday as the Perry Simser-trained freshman scored in 1:54.1 with Jimmy Devaux in the sulky. First over was the trip de jour on Wednesday as Jimtastic (Art Major) was yet another Sire Stakes winner to score via the first over journey as the Andrew Harris-trained two year old cruised to an open length victory in 1:54.1 with Jason Bartlett in the sulky. In fact, of the four winners of the $42,025 races on Wednesday, only Paprike Blue Chip (Roll With Joe) prevailed with a journey other than first over. The John Butenschoen trainee parlayed the pocket trip to his first career Sire Stakes score, stopping the timer in 1:55 with Jim Morrill Jr sitting behind. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

The 2015-16 Woodbine Fall/Winter meet concluded Monday night with the second leg of the Blossom Series and a Preferred Trot highlighting harness racing action. The two $17,000 Blossom Series divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies featured new winners to open the doors for an intriguing final next week. In the first division, Mattjestic Tempo took full advantage of a pocket-trip to win at 5/1 in a field of six. Driven by James MacDonald, Mattjestic Tempo flashed early speed to head towards the front. Newcomer Westsluckycam cleared to the front at the opening-quarter of :27.4 and proceeded to lead the field through middle-half fractions of :57.2 and 1:26.3. In the stretch, Mattjestic Tempo came to the outside and surged by to victory in 1:55.3. Noone To Depend rallied late and finished 1¾ lengths behind the winner in second. Westsluckycam dropped back to finish third. Blueberry Will, who won a leg one division last week, struggled in Monday's first division and finished sixth and last. A daughter of Royal Mattjesty, Mattjestic Tempo entered Monday's contest off a third-place effort in leg one. The sophomore pacing filly is trained by Blake MacIntosh, who shares ownership of the filly with Stuart McIntosh. Mattjestic Tempo's leg two victory is her first win in 11 starts this season and third overall. She pushes her career earnings over $50,000 with Monday's victory. The MacIntosh trainee paid $13.80 to win. Mattjestic Tempo The second division saw a familiar face on the Woodbine circuit return to score a career-best victory. Heavenly Hill and driver Jonathan Drury got away third in the early stages before brushing to the lead in the second-quarter. It was lights out from there, as Drury and the 3/2 second-choice cruised home in :28.4 to win by 2½ lengths in 1:54.1. Bas As Leader finished second, while the 7/5 favourite Evangelin Seelster finished third. Windsun Glory, who won a leg one division, crossed the wire in fourth. A daughter of Art Colony, Heavenly Hill competed last season locally for trainer Dave Menary and captured an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division. The sophomore pacing filly was purchased in January by owner George Munniksma and was recently competing at Yonkers. Heavenly Hill, who was debuting Monday for trainer Carmen Auciello, picked up her second win in five starts this season and knocked a fifth of a second off her previous career-mark. She now has four career victories and earnings exceeding $117,000. Heavenly Hill paid $5.10 to win. Heavenly Hill Also on Monday, Hldontghttoyurdrms scored an 8/1 mild upset in the $34,000 Preferred Trot. Fearless Man, who was aiming for a second consecutive Preferred win, trotted out to his usally spot on the front. After posting fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.1, Fearless Man led the field into the stretch, but the 4/5 favourite had several challenger close in behind. In the stretch, Hldontghttoyurdrms and driver Jonathan Drury came off third-over cover to storm by their rivals to win by a length in 1:55. Zeus Lightning trotted home well and just missed the victory in second, while Fearless Man dropped back to finish third. A seven-year-old son of Muscles Yankee, Hldontghttoyurdrms is trained by Richard Moreau for owner Frank Spagnolo. The veteran trotter picked up his second win in a row Monday and second in 12 starts this season. Hldontghttoyurdrms pushed his career earnings over $400,000 with his 23rd career victory Monday. He paid $19.30 to win. Hldontghttoyurdrms Live racing now moves to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. A 10-race card will kick-off the Mohawk meet. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

SEPT. 15, 2015 - Ontario Sires Stakes post season action gets under way at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening with eight Grassroots Semi-Finals for the harness racing two-year-old trotters and pacers. Trainer Blake MacIntosh won the two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots Championship in 2014 with Star Cover and the Cambridge, ON resident will send out two hopefuls on Thursday, including two-year-old pacing filly division leader Sports Expert. "She's feeling really good. She trained well this morning (Sept. 15) and we're really happy with the way she's going into the race," said MacIntosh of Sports Expert. "She had an easy race Saturday night; she got away last in the Champlain and closed hard and just missed a cheque. I wasn't happy we didn't get a cheque, but I was happy with the way she raced." In her four regular season Grassroots starts Sports Expert posted three wins and one second, clocking a personal best 1:54.2 in the Sept. 1 event at Mohawk. The daughter of Sportswriter and Lyons Mandi has seven starts under her belt and has banked $34,000 for MacIntosh and his partners Touch Stone Farms of Guelph, ON and 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON. "They're good people. They're always supportive of whatever I decide to do with the filly and they follow her very closely," said MacIntosh of the ownership group. "Joe Intine (of Touch Stone Farms) and his wife (Barbara) are always at every race, they come to the barn once or twice a week and follow her very closely and are very involved with the horse. The 30 Plus group (Andy, Stan and Tim Klemencic) has come up a couple times, but they live in Trenton so it's harder for them to get up here." MacIntosh expects a solid group of supporters will be on hand when the filly lines up at Post 3 in the first $20,000 two-year-old pacing filly Semi-Final on Thursday. Guelph, ON resident Doug McNair will be in the race bike as the filly aims for a top five finish and a berth in the Sept. 26 Grassroots Championship. McNair and Sports Expert will battle a field of nine challengers in Race 5, with the second two-year-old pacing filly Semi-Final slated for Race 8. In addition to Sports Expert, MacIntosh will also harness a son of Sportswriter, Sporty Mercedes, in the first two-year-old pacing colt and gelding Semi-Final. Sporty Mercedes heads into the race off a fifth-place finish in the Sept. 7 event at Grand River Raceway, but MacIntosh is cautiously hopeful that the gelding is poised to deliver a stronger effort on Thursday. "Sporty Mercedes, he's been a bit of a disappointment this year. After we gelded him he had two good races and we were pleased, we thought we had him on the right track, and then he got loose on the groom trying to load him just before Georgian (Aug. 23) and he banged himself up and he just hasn't been the same since," the trainer explained. "Now, saying that, he trained the best he's trained in a while this morning (Sept. 15). "We were high on him during the winter time and he's sort of been a bit of a disappointment, but hopefully we can get him to the final and things will come around for him," MacIntosh continued. "He's a colt we paid into the Metro, and paid into everything else. He's not a Metro horse, but hopefully he can be a good Grassrooter." In four Grassroots starts Sporty Mercedes garnered one win, one fourth, one fifth and one eighth to finish eighteenth in the point standings. The gelding recorded his personal best 1:55.1 in the Aug. 13 Grassroots test at Rideau Carleton Raceway and has banked $15,740 for MacIntosh and his partners Dan and Kim Sergeant of Straffordville, ON. Sporty Mercedes will make his bid for a top five finish from Post 3 in the sixth race with Iona Station, ON resident Alfie Carroll in the race bike. The second two-year-old pacing colt and gelding Semi-Final will go postward as Race 10, wrapping up the evening's Grassroots action. The two-year-old trotting colts and geldings kick off Mohawk Racetrack's Thursday evening program at 7:25 pm in Race 1 and are also featured in Race 9, while the two-year-old trotting fillies wage their Semi-Final battles in Races 2 and 3. Grassroots post season action continues at the Campbellville oval on Friday with eight Semi-Finals for the three-year-old trotters and pacers. Ontario Horse Racing

SEPT. 1, 2015 - Her season has not unfolded quite the way Blake MacIntosh imagined it would, but the harness racing trainer has been encouraged by the steady forward progress being made by his two-year-old pacing filly Sports Expert. The filly captured her third Grassroots trophy at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening, sprinting from fifth to first through the stretch in a personal best 1:54.2. Not Depressed and Southwind Shania rounded out the top three in the third Grassroots division. "She got off to a rocky start; first qualifier, we brought her in, she was off left hind after warming up and we couldn't figure it out. We-x-rayed it a bunch of times, still couldn't figure it out, so we just had to put some work into her and she finally came sound," explained MacIntosh. "And since then she just keeps getting sounder and sounder and better and better every week. So she's coming around. "I thought she was going to be a top filly, and maybe she'll get there still," added the Cambridge, ON resident. As a result of the interruption in her training, Sports Expert did not make her Grassroots debut until the second event, at Georgian Downs on July 19, where she earned her first lifetime win with a 1:56.1 effort. In the Aug. 9 Grassroots event at Clinton Raceway the daughter of Sportswriter and Lyons Mandi made a bobble at the start and had to settle for second, but she was back in the winner's circle following the Aug. 24 event at Mohawk, where she stopped the teletimer at 1:55.1. In addition to her Grassroots efforts, Sports Expert finished second in her Battle of the Belles Elimination at Grand River Raceway on July 27 and finished eighth in the final after suffering interference. "She was a top filly training down; she's paid into a lot of open stakes. I thought she was going to replace Sports Chic as a two-year-old," said MacIntosh, who trained Sports Chic to earnings of $241,389 last season. "We'll keep her in the Grassroots and then if she's dominant we'll try the Breeders Crown with her, she's still paid up to that," MacIntosh added. "We'll see what happens." MacIntosh purchased Sports Expert, a full-sister to $202,964 winner Sporting The Look, at last year's Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $20,000 and sold a quarter share of the filly back to breeder 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON and a half-share to Touch Stone Farms of Guelph, ON. Tuesday's victory, which was engineered by driver James MacDonald of Guelph, boosted Sports Expert to the top spot in the division standings with 175 points. The two-year-old pacing fillies make their final regular season start at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 9, with the top 20 point earners qualifying for the Sept. 17 Semi-finals at Mohawk and the top five finishers from each Semi-final advancing to the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at the Campbellville oval on Sept. 26. Hoping to join Sports Expert in the top 20 is stablemate Mattjestic Tempo, who finished second in the first Grassroots division on Tuesday. The Royal Mattjesty daughter finished two and three-quarter lengths behind winner Rosy Outlook in the 1:54.2 mile. Fan favourite Divas Image settled for second. Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson piloted Rosy Outlook to the win, her second in Grassroots action, for trainer Dave Menary of Cambridge and Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. of Wallkill, NY. The Badlands Hanover daughter now has 124 Grassroots points and sits tied for fourth in the standings. Party In Rome earned her second straight Grassroots victory in the second division, leading through all stations on her way to a 1:53.1 clocking. Bad Lightning and Active Lady were one and three-quarter lengths back in second and third. The win bumped the Big Jim daughter from 31st to seventh in the division standings, giving her 100 points. Gerald Lilley of Dutton, ON conditions Party In Rome for Bill Manes of Rockwood, ON, William Cripps of Acton, ON and Steven Papillon of Rockwood. Moffat resident Jack Moiseyev also opted for a front-end strategy in the fourth division, guiding fan favourite Mayhem Seelster to her second Grassroots win in a personal best 1:53.3. The Mach Three lass bested Selling The Dream and St Lads Smokin Hot by four lengths. Trained by Cambridge resident Tony O'Sullivan for Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton, ON, Mayhem Seelster currently sits third in the division standings with 125 points earned from a pair of wins and one second in three Grassroots appearances. The final division was captured by Miss Print and Trevor Henry, who got a whisker in front of fan favourite Stonebridge Pearl and Dancin Inthe Nude at the wire. The Arthur, ON resident guided the Sportswriter daughter to the 1:55.1 win for trainer Shaun McDonald of Rockwood and owner-breeder Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa, ON. With two wins and two thirds, Miss Print has 124 points and is tied for fourth in the standings with Rosy Outlook. While the two-year-old pacing fillies wrap up their season at Grand River Raceway on Monday, Sept. 7, Mohawk Racetrack will be hosting the regular season finale for the three-year-old pacing fillies, with the first race going postward at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Control The Moment capped off his dominance of the Dream Maker Series with a 1:52.1 victory Monday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack. The Brad Maxwell trainee came into Monday's $36,400 final off a pair of easy victories in the preliminary legs and delivered another similar effort for the series sweep. The scratch of Kokanee Seelster brought the field down to just four two-year-old pacers for the series finale. Control The Moment and driver Randy Waples left from the rail and got away in third, but Waples quickly moved the son of Well Said to the front around the first turn. After an easy quarter of :29, Control The Moment turned up the tempo and posted fractions :56.3 and 1:24.2 for a middle-half of :55.2. In the stretch, Control The Moment put the race on ice and paced home comfortably in :27.4 for a 2 1/4 length victory. Mindtrip came from fourth at the top of the lane to finish second, while Derecho and Adrian Hanover rounded out the top four. Control The Moment is now undefeated in four starts and has banked $39,020. "I liked him before I baby raced him, I actually went out to Brad's (Maxwell) farm and he got me to train him a couple times," said Waples, following the race. "He's just gives you the feeling the first time you sit behind him, whether you jog him or train him, you don't have to go fast. He's just a very imposing horse." A $47,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale last October, Control The Moment is owned by Maxwell, Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. The clocking of 1:52.1 lowered his career mark by two-fifths of a second. A $2 win ticket on Control The Moment paid $2.20. Also on Monday evening, the first leg of the Pure Ivory Series was contested for two-year-old trotting fillies. A field of nine fillies lined up for the $12,000 first leg of the three-week series. The Blake MacIntosh trained fillies Rose Run Reanna and Thisladysdynamite were sent off as co-favourites at 9/5. The two fillies showed the most early speed and Rose Run Reanna grabbed the front just ahead of her stablemate. The two fillies sat one-two through fractions of :29, :59 and 1:29 to lead the field into the lane. In the stretch, Thisladysdynamite and driver Jody Jamieson came to outside to try and power by Rose Run Reanna and driver Doug McNair. The fillies went toe-to-toe right to the wire, with Thisladysdynamite getting up late to win by a  Pennies From Above made a late charge to finish a close third, while Sound Of Music was fourth. A daughter of Explosive Matter, Thisladysdyamite most recently broke her maiden with a victory at Georgian Downs. The rookie trotting filly now has two wins from five starts and earnings of $11,620 for owners MacIntosh, Anne Campbell and Stephen Waldman. Thisladysdynamite was a $20,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale last October. Her 1:59 victory lowered her previous mark by more than a second. The MacIntosh exactor paid $18.90 for a $2 wager, while Thisladysdynamite paid $5.90 to win. The second leg of the Pure Ivory will take place next Monday (August 3). Mark McKelvie

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